Are you considering a cosmetic procedure?
Plastic surgery is a highly effective way of restoring and enhancing your appearance and can really help you reshape and sculpt your body and face. But, how long does recovery take? And what kinds of side effects can you expect? Here’s what you should know…
How much pain can I expect after my procedure?
In any procedure, each patient is different and the way that you experience any post-operative discomfort will depend on a number of factors, including your overall health and your general ability to tolerate pain. It also depends on the type of procedure that you opt for — facial cosmetic procedures tend to cause minimal pain, while a procedure such as an abdominoplasty is likely to cause more discomfort, because of the nature of the surgery. While some swelling and bruising can almost always be expected, some patients do experience more discomfort than others after undergoing cosmetic surgery. For this reason, we will always prescribe appropriate pain medications wherever necessary.
When can I return to work?
The recovery time from cosmetic surgery depends on the particular procedure that you undergo. Below are some recovery guidelines for a few of the procedures we offer:
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, and the recovery period is generally very quick. While you can expect to experience bruising, swelling and some tenderness for a few weeks, you should be able to resume your normal activities within two weeks following treatment. This will depend on the area of treatment, and the volume of fat cells removed, but we will discuss this with you in your initial consultation before you undergo liposuction.
After a facelift, you may experience mild to moderate pain, and you can expect some swelling, bruising, and numbness. We will bandage your incisions to minimise the bruising and swelling, and in some cases, a tube may be placed under the skin behind your ears to drain any excess fluid. In the days following surgery, you should rest with your head elevated and apply cool packs to the site of treatment. This will help to reduce swelling and ease any pain you feel. You should start to feel better between a week or two following surgery, and after around three weeks you’ll be able to resume most of your normal activities.
- Eyelid surgery
It can take several weeks to fully recover from eyelid surgery, and you can expect some redness and swelling around the incisions. You may also experience some light sensitivity and dryness immediately after the procedure. You can minimise swelling and bruising by resting your head in an elevated position. Your stitches will generally be removed around a week following surgery, and you should be able to resume your normal activities around 10 days after the procedure.
After breast surgery, we will dress your breasts with gauze, and you may have some drainage tubes in place for a few days. You will need to wear a surgical bra while you heal. You can expect some swelling, which will subside over time. You will need to rest for some time following surgery, and avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for up to six weeks.
You’ll need someone to drive you home after undergoing the procedure, and we recommend that you wear a pressure garment to aid the healing process and prevent fluid build up. You’ll have to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for up to six weeks. As with all procedures, we will explain to you how to take care of your incisions and any drainage tubes you may have. We’ll also prescribe pain medications to help ease any discomfort you experience after the surgery.
If you have any questions about any of our procedures and what you can expect, or to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.